Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

OpenWorld 2008: Day 2

Open World LogoGeneral Open World news

Today mr Oracle himself will give his vision, will we finally hear about the ‘X’?

Oracle’s Kurian: Integration Fundamentals
Oracle Senior Vice President of Fusion Middleware Thomas Kurian showcased how Oracle’s middleware stack can help companies gain a competitive edge during his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday afternoon. Kurian focused on how Oracle’s data integration, business intelligence, and enterprise performance management products help companies clean up information, analyze it, and use it to make management decisions. He showcased Oracle products that help businesses share information, including solutions for content management, collaboration, portals, and identity management.

Kurian introduced Oracle EPM Architect, a new product that unifies and aligns processes across EPM systems. “[Oracle] EPM Architect allows you to define the facts, dimensions, and calculations you use to do your planning and financial management processes in a consistent way,” said Kurian. The new release includes a number of new features and modules, including Oracle Workforce Planning, Oracle Capital Budget Planning, and Oracle Capital Expense Planning. Also included is a new capability for predictive analytics. “This new capability allows you to take your plan and budget, load it into a spreadsheet interface called [Oracle] Crystal Ball, and run simulations and make decisions based on the simulated data and the different kinds of simulations that you do,” said Kurian.

Kurian also introduced Oracle Profitability Management, a solution focusing on an area that is important for companies as they go through the budgeting cycle. “It’s different from other profitability management solutions in that it allows you to do a top-down allocation of revenue, cost, and other profitability drivers,” said Kurian. “It’s also built on Oracle Essbase, so you can correlate your profitability calculations with your plans and budgets.” In the second part of his keynote, Kurian focused on Oracle’s Enterprise 2.0 space. He showcased the integration between Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Universal Content Management, and Oracle Beehive.
He then discussed how Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Beehive allow people to work together more effectively using the information they have, and how Oracle Identity Management ensures that that information is secure.

Obama vs McCain

Less then 40 days before the elections, Obama vs McCain. Headlines on local newspapers are all about the $700 Bilion support for financial institutes, still no Open World. See Sarah palin who made her entrance on the global political front:

Will she make the difference?

Logica’s OpenWorld Sailing trip
On Monday evening Logica organized a boattrip and diner for some customers who were present.  It was very successfully and we really missed something…. After the event we’ll make all pictures available.

Here you can find the keynote schedule. It looks like no special Apps key note is planned.

Follow our Logica colleague Roel Hartman on OpenWorld.

Download and read the OpenWorld Daily Newspaper: Wednesday, 24 September

by Peter Slager

Rozwat Talks About Cloud, but Holds Back on Fusion
Chuck Rozwat, Oracle’s head of product development, largely deflected questions about hotly anticipated technologies such as Fusion Applications during a Q&A session with reporters at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, but did reveal more details of the vendor’s plans around cloud computing.
Intel and Oracle announced Tuesday that they are collaborating to “accelerate enterprise readiness of cloud computing.” The partnership will focus on three areas: Software performance and power efficiency; improved virtual machine security; and the promotion of standards for porting virtual machine images and provisioning cloud services. Read the full story

E-Business Suite
by Wouter Schaap

Today (Wednesday) following sessions are on the agenda for the e-Business suite

Tip from your editor:
Session ID:   S299979
Session Title:   PeopleSoft HelpDesk Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Human Resources Management System
Session Abstract:  World-class HR service delivery and reducing HR operating costs are top priorities for most organizations and BPOs. In this session, learn about the integration between the Oracle E-Business Suite human resources management system (HRMS) product line and Oracle’s PeopleSoft HelpDesk for Human Resources and how it can benefit you.

In the daily news letter I found this advertisement:

Is this Fusion or Confusion?

by Tom Altena

Human Capital Management
…PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 will not be delivered in 2008…
……  HCM is the first pillar to be delivered in 9.1 and given the scope of the release (including new applications such as Succession Management and a rewritten Compensation Management), it is understandable that it would take some time.……

..Oracle Utilities Direct Integration – a pre-built integration between Oracle Utilities Customer Care and both Oracle Financials and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management – is now available. This Direct Integration will allow utilities to improve efficiency, enhance customer service and lower technology cost of ownership. …

Interesting sessions on OpenWorld 2008 for today
Oracle Database for PeopleSoft Enterprise

Peoplesoft Enterprise Reporting Tips and Techniques

Enterprise 2.0 Live!

Recruiting Solutions for PeopleSoft Customers

The PeopleSoft Application Server: A Deep Dive

Enterprise 2.0 for Human Capital Management

PeopleSoft Enterprise Upgrades: Technical Road Map to Success

PeopleSoft Timeouts and Cache Settings: Where Are They, and What Do They Do?

by Rick van Haasteren

Oracle previews iPhone, Social CRM applications
“We believe there is a fundamental disruption in customer relationships,” Anthony Lye, senior vice president of Oracle CRM and a veteran of Siebel Systems, said. “Customers no longer want to engage with vendors in the way they have previously. The way I built CRM systems has fundamentally changed.”

Lye notes that customer relations fall into three hierarchies: transactional (little value to end users), relational (that relies on business intelligence) and social CRM, which focuses on collaborating with the consumer through the web. Not surprisingly, Oracle claims that CRM now has entered the social stage and admits that its products do not yet meet the functional requirements that today’s salespeople need. Three applications that should meet the changing demands are Sales Prospector, Sales Campaigns and Sales Library. Also, Oracle will also launch CRM-widgets that can be used in iGoogle and RSS-readers.
Oracle: CRM software demand bubbly; Social networking meets enterprise data
Oracle’s Anthony Lye, senior vice president of the company’s customer relationship management software unit, said demand is growing at a rate he hasn’t “seen since the bubble times.” Finally Oracle provides some more insight on what exactly “Social CRM” means for end users: “Take data in enterprise systems like inventory levels, daily sales and other items and combine it with conversation both internally and externally about customers.”
Siebel CRM updates
The link above is a blog from Paul Greenberg, a CRM guy that covers a lot of the Siebel news at OpenWorld and gives a few updates of where he has been every

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